Staples High School offensive lineman Ryan Sedlacek may not have a laundry list of schools…
Focus '08: Ryan Sedlacek
Ryan Sedlacek, a 6-foot-5, 295-pound offensive tackle from Staples High School could play on either side of the offensive line at the next level and is being recruited by a myriad of schools including Notre Dame, Florida, Penn State, Connecticut, Iowa, Illinois, Boston College, Tennessee, Northwestern, North Carolina State, Alabama, Maryland and Vanderbilt. Notre Dame - "My visit to their junior day was great. My parents and I sat down and talked with (Coach) Ron Powlus for a while and he was a really, really nice guy. After that I met with my position coach (John Latina) and broke down film of the offensive line. After watching what they like to do I feel like I fit into their scheme well because it's pretty similar to what we do at Staples. The academics and tradition at Notre Dame are definitely a huge selling point and I'm Irish Catholic, so it's always been a huge dream of mine to play at Notre Dame. My grandpa was a big Notre Dame fan, so I really grew up watching them play every weekend." Florida - "What can I say, they're the national champs and have an unbelievable program at Florida. We got a tour of everything at junior day and The Swamp was absolutely awesome. Coach (Steve) Addazio is very good friends and used to coach with my head coach which is how the connection is made. I got a handwritten letter from them this week and had gone to his camp as a freshman, so the relationship has been there for a long time." Connecticut - "They saw me at summer camp and put me into their prospect group from last year, so I was playing with guys a year older then me who were going to school on scholarship. It was a tough test for me obviously. I also took an unofficial visit there earlier this year and saw the new facilities which were absolutely exceptional. It was just amazing because they had a two story weight room that was 28,000 square feet, had state of the art equipment and a 60-yard stretch of turf for speed training in it. Head Coach Randy Edsall came to my school and spoke with my coach recently and I've gotten mail from them on a daily basis since September 1st, so they're very loyal. I'll be going up for the third time on April 28th for junior day." Boston College - "I went up for an entire day and it was just me and the coaching staff, so I spent an hour with Coach Jags (Jeff Jagodzinski) and another hour with Coach (Mike) Siravo touring the facilities. Coach (Jim) Turner is from South Boston just like me and all of the coaches were very good guys." Penn State - "I'm going to Penn State in two weeks for junior day. That's another school with an absolutely huge amount of tradition and Joe Paterno is going to go down as one of the greatest coaches of all time. Coach (Brian) Norwood is my recruiting coordinator and we get along well." "I'll be making the trip to Tennessee in three weeks for junior day and my coach says that North Carolina State and Penn State seem to be the schools most interested in me right now in terms of a scholarship, but I can't say for certain." For now, Sedlacek listed his top seven as Notre Dame, Florida, Penn State, Connecticut, Iowa, Boston College and Tennessee in no particular order, however that is simply a preliminary interest list. During his junior season, his first as a varsity starter Sedlacek was named First-team All-State, All-Area and All-Conference.
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